When I was pregnant with Sam, we took some pics at home in lieu of having a professional photo session because they are expensive and I generally hate how I look pregnant - all bloated and puffy and whatnot. Here are a couple that I don't hate.
This time we opted for the professional route because
. . . (organ notes of doom) . . .
we don't know if we'll have another baby, so we thought we should take this opportunity to preserve me in all my pregnant, bloated, puffy glory. Also, I really wanted those adorable toddler and belly pictures that I see on other peoples' blogs and FB pages - and I didn't trust David's iPhone shooting abilities to capture the moments I was hoping for.
Aside: My friends and I have come to realize that there is a generation being raised right now (our kids) whose entire childhood will be documented on the iPhone. Just snap a crappy pic and email it immediately to Nana and Papa. Text it to Grandpa. What's film?
As the sun comes out in our townhouse complex, so too do the parents of small children who have been couped up inside making their mothers crazy with repetitive questions, whiny demands for attention, and screaming refusals to cooperate. Toddlers and preschoolers trickle into the "street" with their bubble wands and road chalk, their trikes and water squirters. They play and share (and fight over toys like siblings sometimes) while the parents sit in lawn chairs and chat - and occasionally drink : ) It's wonderful.
As it happens, one of our neighbours, with a daughter very close in age to Sam, is a professional photographer. Over the past couple of years we - and the kids - have become quite chummy. We had a session with her when I was 37 weeks pregnant. The weather was lovely, Sam was in a good mood, and Cora masterfully directed me so that only one chin was ever visible in each photo.
I'm posting some of my favourite shots here with credit to (and permission from) my wonderful friend and neighbour Cora Rudy Henderson of Cora's Photography .
This last one is my absolute favourite, for what I hope are obvious reasons. My (then) only baby, about to become my "first" baby sharing in nose kisses - sigh.
We were so happy with the photos Cora took that we saw her again after my "second" baby was born for a newborn/family session. Will post those separately.